Family Fun in the South of France

The all important family holiday, each year this week or two away is a high point of the family calendar, although the desire to mix things up each year can grow. If you are looking to take your family somewhere slightly different to the usual holiday spots, whilst making sure everyone can take part in something active, then the sport friendly south of France may well be the perfect destination for you.

In this scenic part of the French countryside, you can try your hand at a range of sporting activities as well as more sedate excursions for those periods where all you want to do is relax. As well as catering for adults and adrenaline hungry teens, young children can feel as much at home spending a week in the beautiful and sunny southern France countryside with Grandma and Grandpa.

Camping

For many children there is very little more exciting than their first ever big camping trip, and it becomes even bigger when that trip is abroad. For parents, the option of camping in the South of France means that you can minimise the risk of a wet and windy week in the great British countryside, famed for its liquid sunshine. All the campsites in the South of France have lots of other children on site meaning that your little ones can play and make new friends. Living outdoors is exciting for any child and will be something they look fondly back on, whether it be pitching their first tent or singing around a campfire.

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Beaches

For those that prefer a relaxing getaway, rather than an action packed activity holiday with lots of running around, you can head to any of the glorious French beaches. If you’re enjoying the luxury life by staying in a stunning villa you can complement this by driving down to the beach early to find your perfect spot. It is always important to remember that you should keep everyone ‘slip, slapped and slopped’ and covered up between 11am and 3pm when the sun’s power is at it’s peak. As for activities at the beach, mum and dad can sprawl out and relax whilst kids paddle in the warm waters, with supervision. You can also try out a number of water sports, with most beaches offering water skiing and sea kayaking, there is then the all time favourite of beach volleyball with the family. Whatever you choose, the beaches can provide it all.

Sports

The French Riviera is renowned as a fantastic canoeing spot and for the sporty types it provides the place to learn. It does not matter if you have not been in a canoe before, or if you are a seasoned pro, you can take lessons or just hire a canoe for a leisurely drift down the river. Make sure you take a picnic so that you can stop off on a riverbank and treat the family to the fine French food. For those not too keen on water, horse riding is another popular activity within the region and it provides some of the more incredible views of rural southern France.

Culture

The French are famed for their culture and holidaying in the South of France will allow you to dive in and learn about it. Museums are not high on the list of favourite things to do for most children but there will be something that catches their imagination – especially in the bigger cities such as Nice. The museums all display a range of French and global artefacts from a wide period of time and there is also a large number of art galleries showcasing some of the most beautiful and important pieces within the country. With a range of classic, contemporary and international art, there truly is something for all members of the family and a bit of culture can add some educational benefit to the family holiday.

Article provided by Mike James, an independent content writer working alongside a selection of travel companies, including South France Holiday Villas, who were consulted over the information contained in this piece.

Brits love Spain

Why do Brits love Spain?

Everyone knows the phrase of ‘Brits abroad’ and all the negative connotations that come along with it, I would also suspect that when you think of typical ‘Brits abroad’ destinations various resorts, towns and cities in Spain will pop into the mind. You also have the island resorts, including Ibiza and Magaluf – that are notorious for rowdy British teenagers looking for a party. This may well be a jaded view of what British tourists in Spain are actually like but it is the stereotype for the Spanish loving Brits.

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Spain is phenomenally popular with the British, in fact it is the most visited holiday destination alongside France for them. There is a lot of appeal for a week in the sun during the summer but there is something about the Spanish way of life, countryside and culture that keeps drawing in millions of Brits year after year after year. For some it even draws them in for life, or at least enough to purchase a property in the country. So, just what is it that draws the British to Spain?

Easy to get to

The prevalence of budget airlines within Europe has aided tourism to many parts of the continent and throughout the United Kingdom there are airlines including EasyJet, Ryanair and Flybe that were founded in Britain and service every corner of the country. These airlines offer people the chance to fly to countries like Spain for next to nothing, it is often possible to find a return fair to Barcelona for under £35. That’s right, all the technology and cost involved in getting you 30,000 feet in the air and travelling at 500mph can cost less than a DVD boxset. This has opened up foreign holidays to a whole new market and it is often cheaper than staying at home for a holiday.

Then you have the EU membership. Being a part of the EU means that there are no visas to apply for and no hoops to jump through, flying from a British airport to Spain just requires a passport. Once you are within mainland Europe you can travel freely between borders of other European countries thanks to the Schengen agreement – for this you do not even have to stop at a border or show your passport, meaning a road trip throughout the Iberian Peninsula is very easy to organise.

Weather

The weather is very much the favourite topic for most Brits and there is nothing better than getting away from the cold, grey miserable drizzle that is quite often the British summertime. Spain offers summer temperatures that can rival even the warmest locations on earth along with stunning coastlines and spotless beaches. The Spanish weather and culture of enjoying the summer is a big draw for all Brits looking for a nice sunny getaway. The sun also stays out in the cooler seasons with the South of Spain still regularly seeing 20 degrees throughout the winter, making it the perfect winter sun getaway.

Affordability

It is not only flights that are cheap, thanks to the economic situation throughout Europe and the drastic weakening of the Euro currency, Spain is now more affordable then it has been in almost a decade. The weak currency means that there are savings of almost 10% year-on-year for things that have stayed the same price in Euros. This means that hard earned money goes a lot further now and makes the whole holiday more affordable once you have arrived in the country. This is also benefiting property investors who are not only saving money because of the currency but still taking advantage of low prices throughout the market.

It is clear the the British people love Spain for its weather, accessibility, affordability but more so the culture that it offers people and the chance to relax amongst some of the most spectacular scenery in Europe.

Article provided by Mike James, an independent content writer for the travel industry, working alongside a selection of companies including Panorama – Marbella’s largest and longest running real estate agent, who were consulted over this post.

St Petersburg Luxury Hotel 50% Discount Corinthia Sale

St Petersburg in Russia, is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Built on land next to the wide River Neva next to the Baltic Sea, the city is banked by buildings so dainty and ornate, they look like sugar-icing creations. Palaces, canals and Museums make this a city to enjoy; Russia knows how to manage snow and ice, so daily life continues regardless of the conditions. If you feel it’s time you experienced this magnificent city, take advantage of a genuine sale opportunity. Beginning on 11th January 2016, the Corinthia Hotels’ Annual Sale offers a 50% discount on room rates in their five-star European hotels in Malta, Prague, Lisbon, Budapest and the state of the art, Corinthia St Petersburg Hotel is included in this tempting offer, (at the London hotel, rooms are being offered at 30% off on room rates).

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Situated in the heart of the city, Corinthia Hotel St Petersburg is within walking distance of many of the major cultural attractions. For a sensory overload, book tickets for The State Hermitage located within the stunning Winter Palace, where national treasures of extraordinary beauty can be viewed. Visit the Museum of Vodka or, for a more literary experience, visit The Museum of Pushkin, one of Russia’s finest writers. Take a stroll to the domed Church of Our Saviour on Spilled Blood – it’s gorgeous interior entranced believers for generations.

The Corinthia Hotel St Petersburg is a short journey from the local main railway stations, the sea passenger terminal and the local airport – making it an ideal base for anyone looking to combine business and pleasure. A picture of luxurious comfort and style, the hotel is a perfect destination for a special holiday experience.

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Set within three 19th century buildings, the Corinthia Hotel has been fully renovated to a luxurious five star standard. It has every modern convenience – combined with superior style and excellent customer care.

Fabulous fabrics, amazing original artwork, and first class design offer hotel guests a thoroughly relaxing hotel experience in spacious, comfortable rooms.

St Petersburg has many fine dining opportunities – and several top rated restaurants can be found in the hotel. You can sample local specialities or enjoy some innovative international cuisine in the sumptuous ‘Imperial Restaurant’. There are two bars, offering a fascinating range of local and speciality beverages, and for true Russian indulgence, sample a tempting high tea in ‘Café Vienna’.

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There is a fully-equipped Health Club, offering extensive gym facilities, suitable for beginners and experienced gym users. The views from the roof top Solarium are stunning! The nearby Crystal Spa & Lounge offers a full range of quality beauty treatments and the concierge will arrange your visit to suit your timetable. Guests who book a full treatment at the Crystal Spa & Lounge will also be offered one complimentary therapy from a set list, examples on offer are express hair treatments, facials, or nail treatments.

Russian history is fascinating, and this area of Russia has so much artistry, culture and passion. Take a chance to experience St Petersburg which retains so much of its original beauty. The BBCs latest dramatization of Tolstoys epic “War and Peace” may have wetted your appetite for the age of Russian opulence. A holiday in St Petersburg may have long been on your list of places to visit, but this fabulous offer should make the journey more palatable! For a destination with a difference, glorious St Petersburg will give you an unforgettable holiday.

Room rates at the Corinthia St Petersburg start at 64€ per night and guests can benefit from further rewards when booked exclusively on corinthia.com. The sale ends 24th March but you can stay any time this year, up until the end of December 2016.

Corinthia Reward Scheme

Both corporate and leisure guests can reap the rewards available when staying in one of the five star hotels exclusively when through the website. The reward scheme includes complimentary room upgrades, extended check outs and discounts in its restaurants and bars. Rewards vary per hotel and are available subject to availability – for further information, please see Corinthia.com.